I took all last week off, as you’re well aware by now. And I spent a lot of that time watching movies, trying to relax. (I also spent a lot of it watching Star Trek: Enterprise too, but that’s not a movie.) In addition to those things, my ass did, in fact, increase in size over the holiday. I’ve really felt myself broadening lately, and not in the high-brow sense, either. I’ve got to do something because if I get any fatter I’ll need one of those little Walmart shopping scooters to get around on when I’m not in bed or in the car.
So the movies. Mostly what I got was a huge crapfest. Some I couldn’t even finish. I’d watch a bit then bail on them. Others I’d watch and forget them moments later. Others were okay, but nothing to write home about. Mostly I’m enjoying teaching the kids about story architecture and the grand Story Map. My daughter seems to have it down pat, and my son is really working hard to figure out what the difference is between the Inciting Incident and the First Plot Point. It’s a sticky wicket, that one, but he’s trying.
Of course, all that butt-in-front-of-TV time meant less butt-in-chair time for writing. I did, however, manage to hammer out almost the entire story in an outline. I was even careful to hit CTRL-S every so often to make sure I didn’t lose it.
I lost it anyway. I cried out in agony to bud Bryce Beattie — the creator of the fantastic and FREE program I was using — asking why, oh why, didn’t it use the CTRL-S convention?! (He graciously apologized and said he thought it did.) But I lost a full afternoon’s work to the ether on that one.
Turns out, it’s not so bad though. I re-did it and could actually remember a lot of what I was doing, and where the story was going, no problem. It’s in my head. I just get stuck sometimes getting it onto paper or screen. So I wanted to ensure I could refer back to something if I get stuck again. I streamlined (left out the parts I’ve already written) and went forward, and feel okay — not great, mind, but okay — about what’s going to come. I can always expand the outline in a tricky part and see what’s under the hood.
Other than that, we had our American-themed Thanksgiving — since it’s a particularly American holiday, we thought having an American fare theme suited — and pumpkin pie for dessert. Next night, we put up the tree (ah, the joys of an artificial tree!) and the kids and my beloved decorated it. Looks fantastic and homey. They’re brilliant.
How was your holiday weekend? If it wasn’t a holiday your direction, what’d you do while I was away? Fill me in. I missed ya.